After Dark: A Big Bang Machine on the Moon, The Universe, and Drink Lab

Event has passed (Thu Mar 22, 2018 - Thu Mar 22, 2018)
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm.
$14.95 - $17.95
Clubs, Science & Technology


Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at our adults-only After Dark.

CERN's Large Hadron Collider was built for one purpose: To explore the mysteries of the universe. In 2015 it began colliding protons at thirteen teraelectronvolts, the highest energy ever achieved at a collider, and began a twenty-year research program. The experiment recreates the conditions of the universe as they were just a fraction of a second after the Big Bang, and what physicists are learning so far is that our universe seems to be extremely odd. But to know and understand exactly how odd it is we need to build a bigger collider to get even closer to the moment of the Big Bang. Join particle physicist James Beacham as he explores what we would likely learn from bigger colliders-such as a particle collider-on the moon, whether we live in a multiverse, and what such huge projects mean for society.

As a member of the ATLAS Experiment, one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012, James Beacham searches for explanations for some key unsolved mysteries of the universe, such as determining what dark matter is, whether the Higgs boson is standard or not, and why gravity is so weak compared to other forces of nature. Beacham has a Ph.D. from NYU. In addition to his full-time research, he speaks frequently about science, technology, society, art/science collaboration, and the future at events around the world. His TED talk "How We Explore Unanswered Questions in Physics" has been viewed nearly 1.5 million times. He's appeared in documentaries on the BBC, and the Discovery and Smithsonian channels and has made numerous podcast and radio appearances, including NPR's "Science Friday."

Category: Nightlife.

Sub-Categories: Arts | Visual Arts | Museum.

Price Details:
After Dark: USD 17.95,
General Daytime Members: USD 14.95.


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